Working Against Odds

1 decade 3 years 1 week ago Saturday, March 24 2007 Mar 24, 2007 Saturday, March 24, 2007 8:10:22 PM CDT March 24, 2007 in News

"Jeremy has probably an autistic spectrum disorder," said Sheila Barker, Jeremy's mother. "What you call a pervasive developmental disorder. A lot of his disorder involves social skills and communication skills. It's like he has to overcome the thought process before he can get the words out. It's like there's just a little waiting period there."

Jeremy sought help from Job Point's Wright City office.

"We developed a portfolio that included all of his awards from school, letters of recommendation. We developed a skills resume for him," said McGee.

"They helped me find a job, and send applications in, and I got this job," said Jeremy.

Jeremy's job is at Wee Ones, a maker of hair bows and accessories for upscale department stores.

"What Jeremy does is, he cuts all the ribbon and he puts in all of the flowers, all of the attachments and all of the adornments that we need. He puts it in bag. He kits it. He puts it in a bag and then we send it out the door to be made or it's made over on the production floor," said Liz Schlup, Jeremy's supervisor.

Jeremy signed on to work three days per week and vocational rehabilitation matched him with a job coach.

"Help him learn the job. Help him develop natural supports, who to listen to. Things like clocking in and the appropriate level of interaction with coworkers. Break times. Just basically, everything about employment," said Peggy Ottersbach, vocational rehabilitation senior counselor.

After a couple months, Jeremy's supervisor moved him to his own work station. He's worked here for about a year and now has an award of excellence to check off his list.

"I just feel like Jeremy has gone above and beyond. He just had a terrific attitude when applying for work and was just really engaged in his job search," said McGee. "He can do anything that any of these people can do. He can do but he just has to have his confidence built and I think it is. I don't ever hear him say anymore 'I cannot do this.' He'll say or, 'i don't think i can do it. I'll try to get it done.'"

Jeremy had the materials to get a job, he just needed help turning them into a bow.

"We're just incredibly proud. It's like when he graduated from high school," said Sheila. "He just manages to surprise us all the time."

More News

Grid
List
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change parts of our everyday lives. Living rooms have turned into offices and schools, businesses... More >>
29 minutes ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 12:48:40 PM CDT April 03, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - You've probably heard it just about everywhere: staying active while staying home is important. It's especially important... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 11:54:00 AM CDT April 03, 2020 in Top Stories
AUDRAIN COUNTY - SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Audrain County will open its own drive-thru COVID-19 testing site starting... More >>
1 hour ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 11:36:00 AM CDT April 03, 2020 in News
ST. LOUIS — At least 27 long-term care facilities in Missouri have at least one resident or employee who has... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, April 03 2020 Apr 3, 2020 Friday, April 03, 2020 8:21:00 AM CDT April 03, 2020 in Top Stories
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Dr. Christopher Sampson from MU Health Care about the... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 9:52:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - As Missouri gears up for a long fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Missouri System leaders are... More >>
19 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 5:38:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY – As public safety agencies face major personal protective equipment shortages, a local dentist is making sure first... More >>
20 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:34:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Business is slow just about everywhere in mid-Missouri, but one local shop owner is using this time to... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 4:07:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Eighth grade English teacher Kelsey Roy is ready to be back with her students. Not over Zoom, but... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:32:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, real estate is considered an essential... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:32:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Schools started offering a new way for students to receive meals during extended school closures... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:21:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
CNN - The Democratic National Convention has been pushed back to the week of August 17 in the wake of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
According to a new study from the University of Georgia, hot weather can take a toll on your mental health.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 12:00:51 PM CDT April 02, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri announced they will be postponing commencement. The ceremonies were originally scheduled for May 15-17.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 11:10:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
In this COVID-19 town hall, KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Greg Tucker about how small businesses are struggling and... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 10:58:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two former Mizzou football players are attempting to turn negatives around COVID-19 into an opportunity for the community.... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 10:28:00 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The last three weeks have marked one of the most devastating periods in history for the American job... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 02 2020 Apr 2, 2020 Thursday, April 02, 2020 9:52:02 AM CDT April 02, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
2pm 50°
3pm 50°
4pm 49°
5pm 48°